Dec 7th, 2013 by Elizabeth
The bulbul are one of those groups of birds that have a lot of sub-species in China. I already mentioned the Red-whiskered Bulbul. Today I’m talking about the Chinese Bulbul, also known as the Light-vented Bulbul. These guys are ubiquitous.
They’re all over Asia. I saw them both in Shenghen and Chengdu. They even do well in urban environments.
It doesn’t look like it from the first two pictures. but they have a lot of yellow in their plumage.
Dec 1st, 2013 by Elizabeth
These little finches were everywhere in China. I think they’re very charming, although I found them a bit frustrating when I’d be trying to get a shot of a rare bird and a finch would be in the way. They look kind of bland when you see them on overcast days, which every day in the winter is in China due to the pollution.
But if you get them in the right light you can see how remarkable they are with little bits of yellow on their wings and under their tail. You can see the tail feathers on the out-of-focus bird on the left.
How many birds can you spot in these leaves?
Nov 29th, 2013 by Elizabeth
Happy Thanksgiving! This was the first year that I can remember where we didn’t travel somewhere. It was glorious. I got to spend the entire day lounging around. I got so bored I was happy to go back to work today, at least for the first couple of hours. Working until 7pm was less than ideal, but Jon took me to an awesome restaurant afterwards so it was totally worth it. For Thanksgiving I made a really easy vegetarian meal. In fact, if it weren’t for a little cheese on the brussels sprouts, it would have been a vegan meal. There’s also kombucha in the picture. Have you tried it? I like it because it’s carbonated and taste like fruit juice but doesn’t have many calories. Hippies think it has restorative qualities.
The cockatiels got some peas too. Conner loves peas so much, you can see the glint of recognition when you show him the bowl. Even Teddy Roosevelt had a Thanksgiving meal. He loooved it.
Teddy got a lot of extra attention yesterday. He really loves to roughhouse. He starts like this:
Then he wants his belly rubbed.
Then he wants to attack!
Nov 24th, 2013 by Elizabeth
Puppies are exhausting. Jon made Teddy Roosevelt tired this morning by throwing a frisbee 200 times. An hour later, he’s ready to run around again. This is the face he makes when he’s really manic. This was a new bone and there’s nothing Teddy loves more than a new bone.
Teddy also makes this face when he’s excited, but this really isn’t his fault right? This counts as being provoked.
He likes to rub himself all over peoples’ bodies. Then you can wrestle with him and he gets really excited. There’s a drawback, though, because he likes to go for ears and necks.
Nov 23rd, 2013 by Elizabeth
I’m so tired of having too much work and taking classes. I have finals in three weeks and I can’t wait just to have a few weeks of relaxation. I also can’t wait to go birding. These blackbird pictures were taken last summer. This blackbird wants you to know that he is waterfowl.
The Red-winged Blackbirds stay in Utah year round, but they only sing in the summer.
Nov 17th, 2013 by Elizabeth
Teddy Roosevelt continues to steal my husband’s heart. Every time I let him out of his kennel he has an expression like, “You again? Where’s the other one?”
Teddy is great when he’s relaxed, but he still has boundless energy. Jon finally found a suitable bone and he loves it! On a side note, do you dog owners trim your dogs’ whiskers? The breeder was trimming his. Is it purely aesthetic? I’m assuming it’s not like how cats need whiskers to help them navigate.
We bought him a jacket a few weeks ago that looks like one of my running jackets. I was going to show you, but it looks like he grew out of it. I’m hoping we can find the jacket in the next size up because it’s awesome.
Nov 16th, 2013 by Elizabeth
Now that winter is almost here and it’s snowed a couple of times, it’s a nice time to pick my new cross-stitch project. I want to make a hummingbird. At first I was thinking about this one.
The problem, though, is that the amazing aspect of the picture is the level of detail. You can see every feather on his head. But that won’t convert into a cross-stitch, especially since I want to make a small cross-stitch pattern, like maybe 5″ x 8″. But maybe I should use a picture of a Broad-tailed Hummingbird. It could be fun to cross-stitch the hummingbird with the bright flowers.
I was really set on the Anna’s Hummingbird, though, because I saw them everyday when I lived in California. But it would also be fun to capture the brown underneath the wings.
The Broad-billed Hummingbird would be fun too, but I don’t like that my pics of him are all in unnatural settings.
What do you think?
Nov 11th, 2013 by Elizabeth
We tried introducing Teddy Roosevelt to the birds. Jon held Teddy and I manned the birds. It didn’t go well. They flew and flew around the room. Conner would never make it in the wild. He would get too exhausted and land a couple feet from Teddy. I didn’t take any pictures because I wouldn’t want to let harm come while I was taking pictures. So here’s a picture of calmer times.
It’s a shame they were so freaked out. Audrey lived with my mom’s two dogs when I was in college and he didn’t care about them for a second. Maybe if we just expose the birds to the dogs for a few minutes each week? Does anyone else have experience introducing a tiny dog to scaredy cockatiels?
Teddy is settling in nicely. His favorite game is fetch.
Nov 9th, 2013 by Elizabeth
China has wrens! They have the same eye stripe and spotty plumage as our American wrens. I think he looks like he’s wearing pajamas because the plumage comes down over his legs.
We apparently have the same species in the United States as you can see from this range map. I think the one in the United States is much lighter, though.
And like our wrens, this guy was excited about a cavity in the tree.
Nov 3rd, 2013 by Elizabeth
Teddy Roosevelt has been here for over a week. He’s settled in very well and completely stolen the attention of my husband.
He’s generally uninterested in television, but he gets crazy when watching The Walking Dead. He actually barked at the television, and Teddy Roosevelt does not bark.
He’s a lot more active than I expected. He constantly wants to play fetch, wrestle with a toy, or go for a walk. His favorite toy is this Android. He’s such a Google dog!